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1991: Where donkeys meet baseball

by: ARCHIVE PHOTO Ron Shimma, an employee of Vanport International, hops to first base on his donkey during a 1991 Future Farmers of America donkey baseball game. Local professionals, including the city manager, competed in the game.

1951 -- Sandy cheered on the Pioneers against Mt. Angel 60 years ago for the first Willamette Valley league game. 'If the team is half as heavy on the power as the cheerleaders are on looks, it'll be Sandy's night,' the Post wrote. Fires were all the talk this week, and a blazing stack of lumber leveled houses near Boring, threatening other homes to the west.

1961 -- Fifty years ago, Gov. Mark Hatfield urged all Oregonians to observe 'Red Hat Days' during deer and elk hunting seasons. That year, 300,000 hunters were expected to be licensed, and Hatfield wanted to emphasize the year-long 'Good Outdoor Manners' program.

1971 -- Ten people who had been arrested for growing 200 marijuana plants on a Bluff Road farm were arraigned 40 years ago. The 10 had been arrested during a raid conducted by Clackamas and Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies and Sandy Police.

1981 -- Thirty years ago, school board members tabled a career education panel with concerns about ranking occupations. 'How is it going to make that kid feel?' Superintendent Clark Lund asked, referring to children whose parents' occupations might be ranked less attractive than others. The schools began implementing career education as a part of the state Department of Education's enhancement in 1974.

1991-- Future Farmers of America hosted its first-ever donkey baseball game at Sandy High School 20 years ago. A team captained by then City Manager Clay Moorhead won the contest. In other news, a Japanese teacher visited Sandy as part of an exchange program. He talked to Cedar Ridge students about cultural differences between American and Japanese schools. 'In Japan, students clean their room after the classes,' he said.

2001 -- A Sandy Fire Department blood drive attracted a record 204 donors following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 10 years ago.

2006 -- Five years ago, Sandy remembered its 'only fallen firefighter,' who died in 1934. Walter Godfrey Duncan was the only public safety officer in the city's history to die in the line of duty. Back then, to start fire engines, firefighters had to roll them down a ramp and pop the clutch. Duncan responded to a siren and was hit by the truck as it went down the ramp. He and 137 others were etched into the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial wall at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

Compiled from Sandy Post archives